Victoria College will get millions in funding from the state but will not see any Hurricane Harvey relief funds, according to officials.
A state bill that would have secured funding for eight community colleges affected by Hurricane Harvey failed, said Victoria College President David Hinds. The bill would have added $12.7 million for the campuses, including Victoria College, that lost tuition revenue and other fees because of the hurricane.
“I’m disappointed,” Hinds said. “We had direct impact from enrollment from Hurricane Harvey.”
The college saw a 7.76% decrease in semester credit hours during the 2018-2019 academic year, which officials said was partly because students took fewer classes after Harvey.
“We will press on and we will be fine, but it would have been nice to have Harvey funds, but it didn’t pan out,” he said.
The college will also receive a little more than $11 million for the next two years, said Jennifer Yancey, vice president of college advancement and external affairs. The $11 million will be split over the two-year period.
The amount the college will receive is about the same the campus receives after the legislative session, Hinds said. State funds make up about 18-20% of the Victoria College budget.
Hinds said the state funds will be used for classroom instructional support, including salaries and student support services such as tutoring. Hinds said the college’s board is working on a budget for the next year and will have a better idea of how the funds will be dispersed in the next few weeks.
Another highlight coming out of the Texas Legislature is a bill that will make transferring college credits easier for students by requiring community colleges to be more transparent about which credits will transfer.
“I think we came out of the session fairly ahead,” Hinds said.